Weekly Newsletter | May 29, 2018
Program – Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
Best wishes, Salem Rotarians!
Monday, May 28, we commemorated Memorial Day. It is a solemn time of year for us to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of those men and women in the military who died in service to this nation. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it started as a time set aside to decorate the graves of the war dead from the Civil War. It evolved almost immediately into a nationwide celebration to honor America’s fallen warriors.
Some use this as a time to visit cemeteries and commemorate loved ones and family members who have left us. In my household, we tune to CSPAN to see the President place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then watch the ceremony that follows in the adjacent amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetary. It is a stirring event as veterans of foreign wars and family members come together to honor those who gave all.
RI’s Theme this year is “Rotary: Making a Difference.” Each of us should seek to make a difference in the lives around us. And at this time of year, I’m very thankful for the men and women who died to preserve our freedom. They truly made a difference – for past, current, and future generations of Americans.
I’ll see you at Rotary!